CBD is a hot topic of conversation these days. Many American states are allowing businesses to sell CBD oil in storefronts, and there is no shortage of websites selling CBD products.
While information on CBD is making the rounds, a lot of people still have questions. Also, since CBD is something of a newfound trend in medicine, there is a lot of misinformation spreading through the internet.
The following are just a few of the many questions people have about CBD and tend to be the most commonly asked. Read on through and educate yourself on what CBD is and is not.
Q: What is CBD?
A: Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is one of the cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. There are over 60 other cannabinoids. CBD is only second in abundance right behind THC.
Q: Will CBD get me high?
A: No, CBD cannot get you high. CBD is what is called an antagonist to THC (which, of course, is psychoactive), meaning that it might actually prevent THC molecules from binding to the receptors in the brain (which is what produces the high).
Q: Is CBD a form of hemp or marijuana?
A: Hemp and marijuana are both derived from the same species of Cannabis Sativa L. CBD is highly prevalent in both of these forms of cannabis, but it is not located in the flowering buds (which is the part of the plant you can smoke). It actually comes from the seeds and stem of the marijuana plant.
Hemp is a totally different cannabis strain that has large quantities of CBD found in the buds and stem. Also, it contains very minimal traces of THC. Should it contain more than 0.3% THC, then it is technically considered a marijuana plant.
It is important to note that most CBD products are made from industrial hemp. In other words, the CBD products you see on store shelves and online should have less than 0.3% THC, and many are THC-free.
Q: What makes CBD act differently than THC?
A: Your body’s central nervous system contains something called the endocannabinoid system. This system is full of receptors that help by performing different tasks. THC binds to cannabinoid-1 (CB-1) receptors specifically located in the brain. CB-1 is known for its ability to regulate the body’s homeostasis and stress release, facilitates the release of ghrelin (to induce appetite), and regulate cardiac blood supply and motor functions.
CBD, on the other hand, binds with CB-2. The receptors for these are found in the brain and elsewhere in the body. Studies have recently shown that CBD use might play a role in antioxidant, neuroprotective, and antiproliferative functions. It might also play a role in inhibiting the actions that produce anxiety, nausea, and inflammation.
Q: What is CBD oil?
A: CBD oil is a liquid cannabidiol extraction that is almost entirely composed of CBD. Typically, manufacturers take this CBD from the stem of the industrial hemp plant or from the seeds of the hemp plant (which is known as CBD hemp oil).
Q: Can I get CBD in other formats?
A: Of course! Many manufacturers have a diverse line-up of CBD products. These can range from capsules to roll-on pain reliever sticks. Also, if you want to try a CBD oil product but do not want the strong plant-y taste, many CBD makers do offer flavored products. You can also choose to vape CBD. This produces no smoke, but you should only vape CBD that is made specifically for vaping. Vaping produces the same effects as orally consuming CBD.
Q: How do I consume CBD oil?
A: CBD oil normally comes in tinctures. Read the directions on the product label before taking it to ensure you are taking the recommended amount. Typically, you will gather oil in the dropper provided, drop it under your tongue for 60 seconds, then swallow it.
Q: How is CBD isolated from Cannabis?
A: There is a CO2 extraction process that utilizes pressurized carbon dioxide. This helps manufacturers extract as many cannabinoids as possible from the marijuana plant. Terpenes, essential waxes, and cannabinoids are all removed from the plant during this process. Carbon dioxide is ideal since it is a solvent that is both safe and tunable. CO2 extraction is a choice method for manufacturers of herbal supplements and is even used to make decaffeinated coffee.
Q: Is CBD safe to consume?
A: Yes, CBD is safe for most people to take. There is a very slight chance that you could experience low blood pressure, lightheadedness, dizziness, or dry mouth. If you vape your CBD oil, make sure you are not using one that was created using a thinning agent like propylene glycol. This chemical makes formaldehyde when heat is applied. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, so, yes, there is the danger of exposing yourself to a carcinogen if you vape the wrong oil.
Q: Will CBD show up in a drug test?
A: It depends on whether you are taking a high or low quality product. Straightforward manufacturers of high quality CBD will not put more than 0.3% THC in their product. Research shows that drug tests generally will not detect less than 0.3% THC taken as a daily dosage of 2,000 mg or lower. A higher quantity than that might be picked up by a drug screening test.
Q: How much CBD should I take every day?
A: This is a tricky question. Everyone has a different body with diverse needs. Most people take anywhere between 10 and 50 mg of CBD per day. A low dosage of 10 to 15 mg is generally where consumers will start off and then build up from there, depending on how they tolerate the dosage. If you contact your doctor, they might be able to help you establish a safe dosage to start off and even recommend a brand that they trust.